Plug-in hybrid version of long-wheelbase 5-series launched and made in China
19 April 2011

BMW has launched a new plug-in hybrid version of the 5-series at the Shanghai motor show.

BMW chief Norbert Reithofer dubbed the long-wheelbase car ‘New Energy Vehicle’. “This model will be our e-car from China for China,” he said, adding that the car would be built in China. “This car will benefit from the strength and excellent reputation of the BMW brand.”

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Reithofer also confirmed the launch of the new BMW 1-series in 2011, plus the much-delayed Mini Coupé.

BMW will also be fitting its twin-turbo technology to its forthcoming three-cylinder engines, Reithofer confirmed.

“We are gradually utilising the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology in all petrol and diesel engines within our new BMW EfficientDynamics motor range,” he said. “This innovative engine technology package is based on a modular strategy. This holds true for future four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as for our anticipated three-cylinder drive.

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“This modular system will generate significant economies of scale. It will also facilitate the standardisation of interfaces and processes.”

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